Students from this school will be making the news for real on 27 March 2014 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later. In the meantime, take a look at what our students produced last year.
Drugs drugs drugs… Is that the only thing teenagers think these days?
Recently, in The Sun newspaper, celebrity Tulisa was reported to have been caught with drugs. As a role model is this the example she should be setting? I think teenagers are influenced by these people and they think it’s cool enough to do it.
Teenagers in Kingsbury are worried about this. A KHS pupil, Sumaya said that she wouldn’t be influenced, but some people could and that they don’t tell anyone about it.
Celebrities such as Tulisa are spreading the disease of having drugs to young youths these days. In an interview with the Sun, she said that she was “an inspiration for broken Britain” and that she was a role model for her teenage fans. Nevertheless, she also mentioned that she had stopped the drug affair when she was 14. If what she said is true, how can she be rumoured to be involved in a drug scandal? It is reported that she was videoed using coded word such as “white sweets” and “green sweets”.
According to HowStuffWorks, in 1999 nearly all of high school students used illicit drug more than once a month. Steroids, Marijuana, Cocaine, LSD, Heroine and Ecstasy are used by teenagers more than once a month. This is disappointing as figures could have gone up since 1999-2013… Teens who take such risks have got alot of issues in their lives and maybe those teenagers should be talked to.
On the 19th of June, an article was published by Sky News; it was written that a mentally disabled woman and her son were allegedly kept as slaves for many months by three people who threatened them with snakes and a pit bull dog. She only managed to get away after she stole from a shop, and was gladly welcomed by police, whom she told she’d rather be arrested than go back home. The victims have not yet been named. So, what is this? What is modern day slavery? Refugees sometimes face the same thing, and escape to come here, which is why refugee week takes place. You may ask how it affects us, and more importantly, how does it affect adults and children across the world…
Slavery. Something we all thought was abolished in 1833, with the dawn of a new age. Influential people like Martin Luther and Rosa Parks stood for what they believed in and the people listened. However, no matter how shocking it may seem, slavery still exists all over the world, particularly with children being forced to work in factories. Not only that, but they work in extreme conditions – boiling summer heat, and they are paid so little, they can just about afford daily meals. This puts their health, education, personal and social development, and even their lives in danger. Whatever you may think, slavery is far from over.
Charities are supposed to work endlessly to help solve extreme problems. This is an extreme problem. You may ask just how big this problem is.
The problem is larger and vaster than the mind could even begin to imagine. The international labour organisation is an organisation that promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. They estimate that around about 215 million child labourers are around the world, aged 5 to 17 (2010). This doesn’t even take in to account younger or older slaves or how many there are now over a three year further span – there could be so many more we don’t know exist. Just over half these children are subjected to the worst kind of child slavery. 8.4 million Children are in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage and other forms of forced labour, forced recruitment for armed forces and illicit activities. It is predicted that 70% of these ‘slaves’ carry out unpaid work for their families.
UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation working for children, who work in over 190 countries for children’s rights, survival, development and protection, and are a leading worldwide charity influential on global authorities and decision makers. In an article published on January 10th 2013, they estimated that around 150 million children aged 5 – 14 in developing countries are subjected to child labour, 16% of all children in this age group. ILO estimates that around 215 million children under 18 work across the world, many full time. Although it is suggested that more boys than girls are involved in child labour, 90% of children involved in domestic labour are girls.
They work full time at an early age, with dangerous workplaces, excessive hours and are subjected to psychological, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Furthermore, they are sometimes forced to work due to the dire circumstances they face, or are pushed by certain individuals. They have limited or no pay, work and live on the streets in terrible conditions, and are unable to escape the poverty cycle as they have no access to an education.
These children are sold across borders and can be used for anything – domestic, laborious, whatever their ‘employers’ or ‘masters’ require. Often, this makes them more vulnerable as they lose contact with their families and are at the mercy of their employers, who, if cruel enough to exploit, manipulate, and deceive a child, may not be the most be the most merciful humans.
According to an interview with the pupils of KHS, in which we asked if they knew any countries it still existed 25% of them said no, while 50% struggled to give an answer.
There are legal charters being made to try and come up with a way to define slavery, and what it is. Is it so important to legalise what we consider to be slavery, or is it important for us to actually go and do something about it, because once a legal document is written, we forget about all the other poor suffering people, children and adults alike, because we don’t consider them to be slaves, because it is up to us to define weather their agony is enough for us to step in. No! It is up to us as people, not a legal document, to define wrong doing, and where we see the need to help, we should help, not try and ponder on whether the anguish is enough for us to step in and try to help. Helping should happen now before it’s too late for us to do anything.
What do you know about your school dinner? Is it 100% hygienic and are they all suitable to be eaten? How much do you trust your catering services?
As you’ve heard in the last couple of weeks there’s been a lot of horsemeat or any different meat mixed up with the normal food. Irish food inspectors found horsemeat in frozen beef burgers in mid-January, and it has been sold across many supermarkets e.g. Tesco, Iceland and Lidl, as reported on the Huffington Post and elsewhere.
For the past few weeks we have been heavily focusing on the school dinners.
We asked a number of Kingsburians what they felt about the food they were eating.
Adam said that he felt safe eating the veggie food from the canteen but didn’t really trust them with the other meat products. Many Kingsburians agreed with this.
We interviewed Mr J Waxman about his views on the horsemeat scandal.
Q) What do you think of the horsemeat scandal?
A) The big issue was that people were sold meat labelled with something but inside it was contaminated with other meat. If you buy something it should contain what is on the label.
Q) Do you think our school dinners are contaminated with horsemeat?
A) We do not have any evidence that our school dinners contain any sort of horsemeat. It is the catering services responsibility to make sure there’s not horsemeat in our school dinner.
Is it 100% hygienic? Are they all suitable to be eaten? How much do you trust your catering services? I think our school dinners are 100% hygienic and we trust our catering services. They are fully responsible for our food.
The ice-cream van outside KHS: is it as good as it seems? Buying sweets from this kid-friendly, colourful bus makes pupils late for their lessons in the upper building… but kids still buy from it. We ask: are kids being ‘ripped off’? Are the sweets being sold there risen in price because of the amount of kids who buy them?
Kids know that they could get into trouble if caught buying from the ice-cream van. But most of the children I talked to said that they would rather risk getting caught buying sweets for themselves and their friends. They buy sweets mornings and afternoons. Kids are wasting money by buying expensive sweets from the ice-cream van. Some kids even say that they would prefer having a section in the canteen for sweets. At least then they wouldn’t be given a consequence.
Kiaan, a year 8 student from Kingsbury High School who regularly buys from the ice-cream van, would prefer there to be a sweets section available in school:
Q: “Why do you buy from the ice-cream van?”
A: “Because there are good sweets.”
Q: “Don’t you think it’s expensive if you keep buying from there?”
A: “I don’t usually buy that many expensive things but yes, sometimes.”
Q: “You know that it’s an instant C3 (detention) or sometimes a C4 (day in the referral unit), why take the risk?”
A: “Because there’s no-where else to buy sweets during school.”
Q: “Do you buy sweets in the morning? If yes then isn’t it unhealthy?”
A: “I don’t usually but yes it is unhealthy but loads of people buy it so it doesn’t really matter.”
Q: “Would you rather have the normal ice-cream van or a section in the canteen especially for sweets etc.?”
A: “I would rather have the section in the canteen because you won’t get a consequence but there might not be a variety of sweets.”
So as this student has said he enjoys eating sweets, he doesn’t, however, like the fact that you can get a severe consequence for it is unnecessary. If the school made a section in the canteen for a varied amount of sweets it would help to resolve this issue.
As you know the Deputy Head Teacher, Mr Jamieson is going to be arrested. This is not real; he is doing it for charity.
He has asked the children of KHS to text ‘BAIL60’ so he can be bailed out of prison. He will be held at Harrow Wealdstone Station where he will be charged for stealing hats and hoodies. He will need £1000 bail funds…
The £1000 is going to St. Luke’s Hospice to pay for treatments and help the sick kids who are dying.
Here is the interview:
Q) Why are you getting arrested?
A) I’m told I will be charged with confiscating too many hats and hoodies
Q) How can you be bailed?
A) The money will be given to St Luke’s Hospice and £1100 has been raised online.
Q) How far are you willing to raise money?
A) I am prepared to be humiliated and embarrassed.
In the recent half an hour pupils have raised money to make a grand total of £1100. As this amount of money has been raised Mr Jamieson will be arrested in the morning and taken to jail until lunchtime seeing as enough money has been raised to bail him out. As a reward for the children donating money there will be live footage of him in jail.
Please text Bail60 £1 to 70070 to raise funds for this deserving cause, St Luke’s Hospice.